Hacking as Corona Pandemic Worsens, Avoid Being a Victim ScamSince the escalation of COVID-19 cases, malicious activity from cybercriminals is also on the rise.

Hackers are taking advantage of the coronavirus fear to carry out attacks. This is done by creating websites that claim to have cures for the virus or by spreading emails that contain links to malware.

Consider this research by Check Point, where they found an increase in coronavirus domain name registration. Most of these scam websites allege to be selling vaccines against the virus.

At the beginning of this year, one of the reported cases was the Emotet malware that was used in a coronavirus-themed campaign in Japan. Phishing victims received an email purporting to report locations where the infection was spreading. Because the email appeared to be an official communication from the government, victims were likely to open it to find out more about the information. However, an attempt to open a .docx document will download the Emotet malware to the victim’s computer.

Apart from a .docx, the attachment could be a .pdf or an .mp4 claiming to have instructions on how to protect against the virus or other related updates.

The case in Japan is among the first attacks on the public domain that came with the rise of the COVID-19. Since then as the coronavirus continued to spread, more data breach cases have been reported. According to Malwarebytes Labs director Jerome Segura, there is an increase in campaigns that use the coronavirus situation to trick victims. Segura reports that in March alone, there was a 26 percent increase in online credit card skimming as people did online shopping from the safety of their homes.

Even the World Health Organization has not been spared, as they recently reported a fivefold increase in cyberattacks. The attacks have increased such that there was a joint alert sent out by the United States Department of Homeland Security, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre.

Unfortunately, the fact is it won’t get any better as more cybersecurity firms report an increase in attacks relating to the coronavirus outbreak. This is because attacks that are based on important events or occurrences such as the COVID-19 pandemic become effective as they leverage on the public’s need to know.

In matters of life and death, people tend to be less careful; and in an attempt to stay informed, they end up becoming victims of cybercriminals.

Apart from malware, there are fears that work-at-home directives also have led to an increase in data breaches. If you have a business, you probably have policies to help guard against cyberattacks. However, since the work-at-home situation was largely unplanned and employees are having to work from home, data can be easily leaked from the devices they use to connect to the office network.

It’s important to keep in mind that hackers love to take advantage of current events to trick their victims. Because of this, it’s expected that these attacks will increase in frequency – and this calls for users to be vigilant.

Although security systems might already be in place, none of them have the ability to deal with ever-increasing threats that have grown in sophistication. Email security remains one of the hardest challenges for employers. However, taking precautionary measures will help reduce the possibility of successful attacks.

Here are 10 ways to keep safe:

  1. Avoid clicking on promotional links in emails.
  2. Be careful when you receive emails with subject lines that include coronavirus or COVID-19 and have a call to action.
  3. Be careful when clicking on pages with special offers, especially pages claiming to sell or know about the cure for the coronavirus.
  4. Check domain names to verify their validity.
  5. Be careful about clicking on links found on SMS that claim to come from institutions such as your credit company or bank; such links could activate the malware.
  6. Make sure to use a virtual private network (VPN) – especially when working with sensitive data.
  7. If you have a business and your employees are using corporate devices, enable remote wipe in case devices to get compromised or lost.
  8. Limit the number of times you enter your credit card details online and confirm that the domain where you enter personal information is legitimate.
  9. Hackers will continue to adjust their tactics; therefore, use trusted resources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for information on the coronavirus.
  10. Use strong passwords.

65 Comments

Hans Shiley · February 6, 2024 at 9:58 am

Insightful piece

Qptnzn · March 12, 2024 at 7:00 pm

order lipitor 20mg sale buy atorvastatin 20mg for sale buy atorvastatin

Ngbbti · March 15, 2024 at 12:15 am

purchase cipro online cheap – cephalexin brand buy augmentin 375mg without prescription

Gucrnr · March 15, 2024 at 11:15 am

cipro us – ethambutol 600mg price order generic augmentin 625mg

Fdbkaj · March 18, 2024 at 7:58 am

buy flagyl online cheap – purchase cleocin for sale azithromycin pill

Duycxv · March 18, 2024 at 8:55 am

buy ciplox 500 mg online cheap – erythromycin where to buy erythromycin 500mg price

Nbvvkj · March 20, 2024 at 12:23 pm

ivermectin 3mg otc – ceftin 250mg without prescription order tetracycline pill

Goidrg · March 20, 2024 at 1:10 pm

buy valacyclovir 1000mg online – order diltiazem pills order acyclovir 400mg pills

Wbufcc · March 22, 2024 at 7:10 am

metronidazole pill – clindamycin usa zithromax over the counter

Ckigjw · March 22, 2024 at 2:59 pm

ampicillin price oral acillin buy amoxil for sale

Nhavst · March 24, 2024 at 4:53 am

buy lasix without a prescription – order prograf for sale buy capoten 25mg generic

Dkxlqg · March 26, 2024 at 8:06 am

generic glycomet 500mg – buy lamivudine generic lincomycin 500 mg without prescription

Jujocb · March 27, 2024 at 7:59 pm

zidovudine 300mg sale – purchase roxithromycin pill zyloprim 300mg us

Qzqkni · March 28, 2024 at 6:21 pm

buy clozaril 50mg online cheap – aceon for sale online famotidine oral

Hkajvz · March 30, 2024 at 3:58 pm

buy seroquel 50mg online cheap – eskalith sale eskalith cost

Izdyyo · March 31, 2024 at 12:41 pm

clomipramine 50mg brand – oral duloxetine 40mg buy doxepin 25mg

Cirici · April 1, 2024 at 11:07 am

order hydroxyzine 25mg online cheap – order buspar generic order generic endep 10mg

Mbmedd · April 4, 2024 at 2:35 pm

buy augmentin 625mg without prescription – buy augmentin 375mg pills buy cipro medication

Vzdvgp · April 5, 2024 at 2:22 am

order amoxicillin online cheap – cheap amoxicillin sale buy baycip without a prescription

Rozpocznij teraz · April 5, 2024 at 9:08 pm

great article

Xuuqzb · April 10, 2024 at 2:23 pm

brand azithromycin 250mg – ofloxacin 200mg price where to buy ciplox without a prescription

Qmulxf · April 10, 2024 at 2:54 pm

buy generic cleocin – purchase cleocin pill purchase chloramphenicol pills

Fhhgjl · April 13, 2024 at 7:24 am

ivermectin brand name – ivermectin generic name cefaclor 250mg over the counter

Cpectu · April 14, 2024 at 5:40 am

purchase ventolin online – advair diskus inhalator buy online theo-24 Cr 400mg drug

Iytzsu · April 16, 2024 at 8:33 am

buy methylprednisolone canada – fluorometholone cheap order azelastine 10 ml without prescription

Eajonh · April 16, 2024 at 4:04 pm

cheap desloratadine 5mg – purchase beclomethasone nasal spray ventolin 2mg price

Pobgyh · April 18, 2024 at 12:36 pm

order generic glyburide 2.5mg – glucotrol 5mg without prescription dapagliflozin 10 mg generic

Yxqpcl · April 20, 2024 at 12:20 pm

order metformin 1000mg sale – sitagliptin 100mg pill order acarbose 50mg generic

Vlmkcy · April 20, 2024 at 5:22 pm

buy prandin 2mg generic – order prandin online buy empagliflozin 10mg online

Rlpoum · April 23, 2024 at 7:51 am

buy lamisil paypal – buy generic griseofulvin where to buy grifulvin v without a prescription

Yscztl · April 23, 2024 at 11:06 am

buy rybelsus 14 mg pills – where can i buy desmopressin DDAVP price

Nbdmnj · April 25, 2024 at 11:26 am

ketoconazole 200 mg brand – buy lotrisone online generic itraconazole 100mg

Zuufbr · April 26, 2024 at 12:57 pm

famvir for sale – order famvir 500mg for sale valaciclovir online

Ddwnia · April 27, 2024 at 1:57 pm

cheap lanoxin 250 mg – purchase dipyridamole pill lasix 100mg ca

Gtdsyo · April 29, 2024 at 3:43 pm

buy microzide paypal – buy microzide 25 mg online buy bisoprolol generic

Clokpy · April 29, 2024 at 4:28 pm

buy metoprolol 50mg generic – brand cozaar purchase adalat generic

Toulko · May 1, 2024 at 3:07 pm

order nitroglycerin pills – purchase lozol generic valsartan 80mg over the counter

Cdyqel · May 4, 2024 at 6:44 am

rosuvastatin pills simple – zetia buy pass caduet buy spite

Fiajbg · May 4, 2024 at 1:22 pm

simvastatin sorry – gemfibrozil hat atorvastatin wink

Ivifhv · May 6, 2024 at 12:10 pm

viagra professional unpleasant – kamagra bad levitra oral jelly online rid

Vynnos · May 7, 2024 at 3:53 pm

priligy dream – sildigra slap cialis with dapoxetine squat

Vnwsps · May 9, 2024 at 4:00 am

cenforce proceed – brand viagra pills old

Megssz · May 10, 2024 at 7:46 am

brand cialis daylight – alprostadil attack penisole timid

Xtjtei · May 12, 2024 at 1:50 pm

cialis soft tabs message – viagra super active online behold viagra oral jelly online ignore

Zpwbuc · May 12, 2024 at 6:00 pm

brand cialis recover – penisole bay penisole like

Oldryt · May 15, 2024 at 8:53 am

cialis soft tabs large – valif pills treasure viagra oral jelly science

Bpgjbk · May 19, 2024 at 8:00 am

cenforce outside – kamagra pills convince brand viagra online miserable

Maisto · May 20, 2024 at 8:32 pm

acne treatment wisdom – acne medication rim acne medication admire

Fxzokj · May 21, 2024 at 2:07 am

inhalers for asthma realize – asthma treatment arrow asthma medication drop

Pzsrma · May 22, 2024 at 3:45 pm

treatment for uti memory – treatment for uti nigh treatment for uti grandfather

Giqnpp · May 22, 2024 at 10:21 pm

pills for treat prostatitis department – pills for treat prostatitis caution prostatitis treatment figure

Mphize · May 25, 2024 at 4:20 pm

valacyclovir pills sing – valtrex online sacred valtrex online exceeding

Lvdfiz · May 28, 2024 at 5:10 am

dapoxetine drug – priligy freeze dapoxetine silence

Glamem · May 28, 2024 at 8:18 pm

loratadine medication spare – loratadine own claritin pills duchess

Oapqlm · May 31, 2024 at 10:02 am

ascorbic acid defend – ascorbic acid leather ascorbic acid shriek

Khnrxi · May 31, 2024 at 7:33 pm

promethazine tower – promethazine summon promethazine watch

Svygie · June 2, 2024 at 10:20 am

clarithromycin spear – zantac pills success cytotec pills notion

Gdfjcz · June 3, 2024 at 3:01 pm

fludrocortisone pills slice – prevacid pills tender prevacid pills visible

Sqmuop · June 7, 2024 at 6:56 am

buy rabeprazole 10mg online cheap – where can i buy motilium order motilium online

Gzruvg · June 7, 2024 at 3:33 pm

buy dulcolax generic – where can i buy ditropan buy liv52 medication

Ntjnof · June 10, 2024 at 4:45 am

order zovirax for sale – cerazette 0.075 mg usa order dydrogesterone without prescription

Vgwroy · June 10, 2024 at 5:23 am

bactrim over the counter – order bactrim 960mg without prescription how to get tobrex without a prescription

Opfdwv · June 12, 2024 at 6:20 am

cheap fulvicin 250 mg – griseofulvin ca buy lopid 300mg

Ofxecc · June 12, 2024 at 8:11 am

dapagliflozin 10 mg for sale – generic doxepin 25mg order precose online

Frlhfm · June 14, 2024 at 4:40 am

order dimenhydrinate 50 mg for sale – dramamine where to buy risedronate 35mg pill

Leave a Reply

Avatar placeholder

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *